Ohio Brewing Co. has nabbed $249,000 in state historic tax credits to renovate a commercial building on Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls into its new brewery.
The Ohio Development Services Agency announced the award today (Dec. 19) as part of $28.3 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits handed out to rehabilitate 22 historic buildings in 11 communities around the state.
Ohio Brewing recently shut down its brewpub in Akron's Highland Square neighborhood and said it planned to open a production brewery and tasting room next year in Cuyahoga Falls. (The Highland Square site is now the Barmacy Bar & Grill.)
The brewery will occupy the first floor of the Fox Buick Sales Building at 2250 Front St. in the city's former pedestrian mall. The total project has been estimated at $1.7 million.
The first floor used to house an auto showroom and has been vacant. The second floor has apartments.
“Preserving historic buildings saves the unique history of our neighborhoods and downtowns,” Ohio Development Services Agency Director David Goodman said in a prepared statement. “It also adds to the quality of life the community offers residents and visitors.”
The state said that once the buildings statewide are rehabbed, they will drive other investment in neighboring properties. Developers do not receive the tax credit until construction is complete and all program requirements are verified.
Cuyahoga Falls is experiencing a craft beer boom. The Akron suburb is already home to HiHO Brewing and McArthur's Brew House, with Ohio Brewing and Missing Mountain Brewing planning to open in the community.
Ohio Brewing has had a spotty history -- never staying in one location for long. It began as a brewpub in Niles in 1997, then operated as a production brewery in Youngstown. It later partnered with Damon's to open a brewpub in downtown Akron but when that closed, it relocated to the nearby Selle Generator Works building, where it operated as a production brewery before opening its Highland Square location last year.